Giving Yourself Permission to Slow Down

 It is that time of year again.

The four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas is arguable the most hectic time of the year. 

Not only do you have your regular responsibilities of life to fulfill, but you now have the added holiday tasks to complete. 

Gift buying, decorating, baking, holiday parties, children concerts.... The list is endless, isn’t it? 

One glance at the month of December can elicit panic, overwhelm, and stress in even the most organized. 

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Slowing Down 101

The month of December is all about giving yourself permission to slow down and then following through on this permission - even during the most chaotic time of the year.

The last post talked about granting yourself permission to slow down. This post will focus on putting this permission into action. 

Allowing yourself the time to slow down is not just a nice gesture - it is absolutely the most essential part of this holiday season. 

Not giving yourself the time to slow...

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There Is A Cost To Saying Yes. Is It Worth It?

Life is full of choices. 

Without intentionality, one or two yes' here or there can have detrimental affects to your wellbeing. 

There is a cost to saying yes.

Before you commit to saying yes, you should think through the potential costs. 

In full honesty, I have always struggled with saying yes and following bright shiny objects. Can you relate?

These past few years has painfully revealed my desire to follow the crowd.

Starting a new business has lead me to hundreds of people...

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God Wants You to Care For Yourself

 

The ever-elusive question remains, "Why is self-care so hard for women?"

Why is it that we can give and give to others so freely and openly, but taking time for ourselves can be one of the hardest things we will ever do?

The answer to this question is many and as varied as the human race. But, there are several beliefs I feel most women resonate with most when it comes to putting others before herself.

The first comes in the form of guilt. Women may try to take time for...

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Overcoming Guilt in Self-Care

“I know I need to take care of myself, but I feel so much guilt for doing so.”

“As a working mom, I'm already away from my family too much! I can't take even more time away from them."

”I know I need to attend bible study, but my kids make me feel so guilty for leaving."


 Can you relate to any of these statements? 

Most women can.

For many, the cost of feeling guilty simply is too great to embrace self-care. Any benefit that could be experienced from a...

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Are you Practicing Soul Care?

 

While Hallmark declares February as the love month, I'm declaring February as the self-love month; the month to embrace the care and love you deserve to give yourself.

As women, we are naturally inclined to love on others and serve them in whatever capacity is needed. Whether it be doing laundry, cleaning up puke from a sick kid (or husband), driving a forgotten lunch bag to school, or bringing over a hot meal (or bottle of wine) to a friend, we lovingly and willingly give...

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Obeying the Sabbath: God’s Built-In Self-Care

 

 

“Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.” Deuteronomy 5:12-14

”For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the Lord in all your dwellings.” (Leviticus 23:3)

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God....

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Embracing Stress

Stress is a topic near and dear to my heart. 

As many of you know, I lived life off balance for well over a decade. The chronic stress I felt took its toll on my physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. 

Today, I am happy to report that these negative ill-effects have dissipated as a result of living life with intention.

This intention includes numerous stress management techniques that help keep me calm, peace-filled, and in balance.

It is these strategies that I’m...

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God is Greater Than Your Stress

The other day I was driving and saw a sign that quite literally made me pull over. The sign read:

 God > i. 

As I pulled my car over and stared at the sign, I felt an overwhelming sense of calm spill over me.

You see, that very same day, I had been letting the world and all of its troubles get to me. The headlines read "Unknown death toll from bridge collapse" and "Teen suicide soaring" and "School shooting leaves 2 critically injured."

What is it about reading the news that can...

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10 Ways to Slow Down Life

 

Life goes by fast, doesn't it?

If you are not intentional about slowing down the pace of life, you will not only find yourselves blinking and wondering what in the world happened to the last few years, but doing so exhausted, as you run the hamster wheel of life.

If there is one thing that I’m slowly learning, it is that LIFE IS NOT A RACE.

Let that sink in a minute because you are so often told otherwise.

How often do you work in a reactive mode rather than a proactive one? It...

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